How to live a zero-waste life, the frugal way

Many of us think that living a zero-waste life means buying new things in order to replace the non-zero waste products we have. If you do that you are missing the essence of starting a zero-waste life. 

To be honest, it will not be easy at the beginning but is there anything that is easy at first? It is never easy to change an old habit. 

In order for you to change an old habit, it is said that it will take you 21 days. 

So take it easy and do the change one step at a time, no matter how much you want it.

It might be helpful to keep a zero-waste journal so you can track your progress and list down helpful zero-waste ideas.

So here are 5 ideas on how you can live a zero-waste life, the frugal way

1. Use food scraps from your kitchen

Okay, there are a lot of things you can do with your kitchen scraps. You can start with the seeds from your fruits. There are a lot of tutorials now on youtube regarding how to grow different kinds of plants, herbs, and even vegetables. For you to be successful in doing this, you need to research first the methods of growing what you want from seed. You must take into consideration that each plant you’ll be growing has different needs.

The second thing is to use the food scraps as compost or fertilizer for the plants you are growing. 3 good examples of this are the eggshells, banana peels, and coffee grounds. All you have to do is dry them out and grind them. If the sun is not that hot in your area, you can always use a dehydrator or your oven. You just need to set it at 120 degrees F. This way you’ll be enjoying organic fertiliser and even saving money.

2. Don’t buy what you don’t need

It is so tempting to buy “stuff” that we think will help our zero-waste lifestyle. Just like when you want that cute brown basket so your pantry will look really organized and you think you’ll be able to roll out that zero-waste vibe. If you do that, you’re going against the reason for living a zero-waste lifestyle.

You don’t need extra things to make it Instagramable, all you have to do is make small tweaks here and there. 

If you like the brownish natural feel in your kitchen, you can use boxes, your old plastic containers, or reuse a jar and cover them with jute string.

3. Reuse

Too many jars? Reuse them or decorate them. Check out Pack and Leaf’s Instagram to see numerous ways on how you can use and reuse jars.

 Do not throw away plastic bags because they just end up in landfills. Always reuse plastic that is not recyclable, and get creative with ways to reuse again and again.

4. DIY some products

Did you know that vinegar is a natural disinfectant because it's made from acetic acid? 

The acidic nature of vinegar is so powerful it can dissolve mineral deposits, dirt, grease, and grime. It's also strong enough to kill bacteria. So you don’t really need expensive cleaning chemicals that come with plastic packaging. Create your own at home with vinegar and essential oils.

Did you know that salt is the best cleanser? When you want a natural household cleaner, look no farther than your salt shaker. Good old sodium chloride is great at tackling grime and stains for three reasons: First, it absorbs water, so it can keep a fresh spill from becoming a stain. Second, it's abrasive, so it makes a good scrub.

Did you know that baking soda can be used as a mouthwash and it even whitens the teeth? This is because baking soda has mild abrasive properties that let it break the bonds of molecules that stain the teeth. It also has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties that can help fight harmful bacteria

5. Use a shampoo bar

If you want a product that can help you save 3 of your regular shampoo bottles, look no further! Shampoo bars are the answer!

Shampoo bars are concentrated so when you use them, you just need a little amount and you’re good to go. You just have to be careful in choosing the right shampoo bar because some may not fit your hair needs.

You can check out Pack & Leaf’s range of shampoo bars. They smell amazing and are chemical free. They have a shampoo bar for oily or dry hair so you can address your hair concerns.